Northwestern defeats Dordt 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 25-22, 16-14)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College was unable to hold off the Northwestern Red Raiders in Orange City on Wednesday night, September 28 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play. Northwestern overcame a 2-1 deficit in the match and deficits in sets four and five to steal the win away from the Defenders.
Northwestern jumped to a 4-0 lead in set one and maintained the lead as Dordt charged back to within 12-10 on a Julia Lindbergh kill. Northwestern opened a 19-12 lead with a 6-1 run and won 25-18.
Northwestern scored the first point of set two but Dordt scored four points in a row to take a lead they never relinquished. Lindbergh served the Defenders to a 17-7 lead with seven points in a row. Northwestern did cut the lead from 23-18 to 23-20 but Dordt scored the final two points of the set on a Lindbergh kill and an Ema Altena kill to tie the match at 1-1 with a 25-20 win.
Set three saw Northwestern get up 5-1 but Dordt rallied to lead 18-17 after an attack error by Northwestern. The set was tied at 18, 19 and 20 before Elizabeth Kiel recorded a kill for a Dordt lead. An attack error put the Defenders up 22-20 and a Jamie Gesink kill finished the set after Northwestern had cut the lead to 24-23.
Dordt seemed to have set four in hand as the Defenders built a 12-6 lead only to have Northwestern rally to tie the set at 16 on a Becca Gritters kill. Northwestern led 19-17 before three points in a row by Dordt put the Defenders in position to close the set. Two kills and an ace reversed fortune for Northwestern and the hosts held on to win 25-22.
Set five featured seven ties up to 7-7 with Dordt taking the first two point lead of the set on an attack error by Northwestern. The Dordt lead was 11-9 before a three point run put Northwestern ahead 12-11. A Dordt timeout was followed by a Northwestern attack error and Brooke Granstra put Dordt up 13-12. An attack error by Northwestern put the Defenders on match point but back to back Dordt attack errors allowed the Raiders to tie the score and a Becca Gritters kill and an attack error by Dordt allowed Northwestern to close the set and match with a four point run.
-Dordt outhit Northwestern in kill efficiency .205-.193 but Northwestern got 171 attacks to 151 for Dordt.
-Both teams had 11 service errors and Dordt had six ace serves while Northwestern had five.
-Dordt got credit for 10 blocks for points while Northwestern had nine.
-Brooke Granstra had 14 kills and 14 digs while Ema Altena had 13 kills. Altena also had two ace serves.
-Haley Moss had nine kills and two solo and three assisted blocks.
-Julia Lindbergh and Elizabeth Kiel had eight and seven kills respectively.
-Jamie Gesink put up 46 assists and had nine digs.
-Aubrey Drake had a team high 15 digs while Granstra and Jill Schouten each had 14.
-Northwestern was led by Lauryn Hilger with 21 kills and Jessica Jensen had 17. Jessa Doom put up 52 assists.
-Dordt is 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the GPAC. Northwestern improves to 12-12 and 4-3.
-Dordt is off until Wednesday, October 5 when the Defenders host Mount Marty.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We fought but it never seemed like we were hitting in all facets of the game. We have to grow from this. Give Northwestern credit for coming back and executing at the end of set five.”